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Down and Out: A Young Adult Dystopian Adventure (The Undercity Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Moger’s first book in the The Undercity Series, Down and Out, chronicles Teddy’s struggle to discover a way out of the gloom and despair that he and his fellow Underlings live in day in and day out. This is a young adult dystopian adventure novel. Its plot is slow to develop, even though it is a relatively short book, making it not a very exciting read. Things start to get interesting as the book ends.
While this is not a bad book, per se, it did not grab me enough to want to read the remainder of the series.
3 out of 5 stars.
You have Upperlords, who control resources, the equivalent of modern society’s 1%.
Then there are Underlings, the blue collar labor force who are kept in check by the system and their living situation.
And then there’s the Brutes…and this is where I have some issues with the structuring. Brutes are the linebackers of the world, made for heavy work and protection. But somehow these guys are bought and traded as a commodity.
My issue with this arises in the fact that these guys could easily break away from this system and haven’t. It's interesting that they have the power to take over and haven't. It’s hinted at that Brutes are purposefully uneducated, though they have the capacity to learn. I assume this fact, though mentioned in passing, serves the purpose of answering how they haven’t bucked the system. However…many people learn by observing; somehow these guys haven’t. They have a special position in society which affords them status, but they are, for all intents and purposes, slaves. I managed to suspend my disbelief long enough to get into the tale, however.
Pacing, especially at the beginning of the book, is very slow. There are many characters introduced, so many names and descriptions swirling that I had to backtrack and reread to make sure I knew who was being referred to at times. I didn’t start getting into the story until about a third of the way through, at which point I had a clear indication of each person and their placement in the family.
As mentioned, the Petersons have a large brood—four children. Another issue I had was with supposed age. As you might imagine, living in an underground city, you can’t mark time by season, and some of these kids have been adopted, so age isn’t exactly clear. There is one short passage that deals with the main character's age. Teddy is somewhere around 17, but I missed this fact at first and assumed he was closer to 13. The book makes much more sense when read through the POV of an older teen, though I imagine it is challenging to introduce his age in this structure. Just something to keep in mind for other readers.
In the end, the book leaves you with a bittersweet taste. There’s just enough of a high note in the hard-won victory of the protagonists that you want to read book 2 and see how it all unfolds. Would definitely pick up the next book and recommend the series to others.